Q: A friend, John Holmes, was killed in his home on Walnut Ridge Way on Oct. 31, 1995. Was anyone ever charged with this crime?
A: John Holmes, 57, was found dead in his Florin-area home on Halloween in 1995 and no arrests have been reported in his death, initially thought to have been due to natural causes.
Authorities said it appeared Holmes, a retired city parks worker, had been dead at least three days before he was found. An autopsy revealed that he died of two gunshot wounds to the head.
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Detectives said at the time that they believed Holmes was killed by someone he knew because there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle in his home on Walnut Ridge Way, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Family members described him as an extremely caring person and a “giver,” which may have made him vulnerable to someone with ill intent.